• With Dave Gone, His Time Slot Cools Off With Crime-Drama Repeats
    What's replacing "Letterman" on CBS? Bet you didn't know this, but it's not Stephen Colbert -- it's "The Mentalist"! No sooner had David Letterman closed up shop on CBS Wednesday night than a rerun of "The Mentalist" took up his time slot the very next night. And reruns of this former CBS crime series, which ended its seven-season run on the network in February, are scheduled for 11:35 p.m. for the foreseeable future -- although it's possible that other crime-drama reruns will also be cycled in over the next few months.
  • Letterman's Long Good-bye: In Final Show, Dave Did It His Way
    David Letterman's final "Late Show" was self-indulgent and over-long, but you might also say he earned the right to take as much time as he needed to say his good-byes. And if the final show, seen Wednesday night on CBS, came across as a mish-mash, then so be it. His fans probably loved it and hung on every word and nuance because with each passing moment, the end was drawing near.
  • Deconstructing Dave: Letterman's Late-Night Saga Ends Tonight
    David Letterman's farewell show, airing tonight on CBS, had better be a work of staggering genius if Letterman is to live up to all the praise that has been showered on him. It's probably accurate to say Letterman brought a fresh perspective to the idea of the TV talk show -- one that represented more of an evolution than a revolution. For me, what set Letterman apart was the way in which we all felt we had come to know him personally, although we never actually did.
  • Stephanopoulos Debacle Reveals Politicos And Journos Are Too Chummy
    The George Stephanopoulos debacle now unfolding at ABC News is a symbol of the inappropriate chumminess that has set in between a certain class of journalists in this country and the people they are supposed to cover. It boils down to one key question: How can Stephanopoulos be in position to serve as the face of ABC's political coverage going into a presidential election season in which his friends the Clintons are playing a huge part -- with one of them, Hillary -- seeking the presidency?
  • 'Mad Men' Finale: For Don Draper, There's No Place Like 'Om'
    "Mad Men" ended its run Sunday night on a surprisingly upbeat note. Most notably, Don Draper actually smiled -- an expression not completely unprecedented for him during the seven-season run of this series. Nevertheless, this particular smile seemed to indicate that Don had achieved a degree of inner peace, at least for now.
  • Juvenile Seat-Saving Must Cease, And Other Upfront Observations
    Can we do away with all the seat-saving at the upfronts, please? There, I said it -- and hopefully it's something that many are thinking in the wake of the New York upfronts, which concluded Thursday night with the NBC Cable event at the Javits Center. Don't act like you don't know what I'm talking about. It is a huge annoyance and everybody knows it. It is the saving of rows and rows of prime seats for colleagues, "team" members, friends and associates that occurs moments after the doors are thrown open for the upfronts.
  • Five Questions We'd Like Answered In The 'Mad Men' Finale
    "Mad Men" will have to pack a lot into this coming Sunday's series finale if we are to learn the fates of all of the show's principal characters. Last week's episode neglected so many characters that it will take some sort of miracle of storytelling to catch up with all of them in the series finale. If we don't quite learn the fates of all of the "Mad Men" characters, the hope here is that we will at least get the answers to some important questions.
  • Small Town, Big Mystery: 'Wayward Pines' Is Top-Notch Miniseries
    A new miniseries premiering tomorrow night on Fox raises a question that comes up often when one contemplates the mysteries of the TV biz. In the case of this 10-part suspense miniseries -- titled "Wayward Pines" and directed and produced by M. Night Shyamalan -- the question is this: Why on Earth is this miniseries being scheduled at the very tail end of the "official" network TV season? Whatever the reasons behind the scheduling of "Wayward Pines," this is one impressive miniseries.
  • HBO Movie About Singer Bessie Smith Is Off-Key
    Unless I missed it somehow, the one recording for which blues singer Bessie Smith is most famous is not included in the HBO movie called "Bessie" about the singer's life. The song was "St. Louis Blues," and Smith's 1925 recording, featuring Louis Armstrong on cornet, is widely viewed as a seminal moment in the history of 20th-century popular music -- in this case, the moment when a recording by an African-American woman singing a song drawn from the black-American experience crossed over to become a hit among white audiences.
  • How's Dave Doing? We Asked His Friend, Tom Dreesen
    Only eight shows remain for David Letterman until he leaves late-night TV after an extraordinary run of 33 years. How's he feeling about the approach of his final show May 20? I asked comedian Tom Dreesen, Dave's close friend of more than 40 years, and one of the nation's top stand-up comedians.
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